Birth and death



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“Playing God”


Some believe that when doctors make life and death decisions, they are “playing God”. Should they step back and “let God decide?” But if we do this many would die even though doctors could help them. When should we help life? When should we end life? When should we leave it alone?
Christians believe it is important for people to use medical knowledge, and not just let nature take its course every time someone is ill. In the Gospels, Jesus healed people, not just let them suffer.

While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, ‘Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.’ Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be clean!’ And immediately the leprosy left him.”


Christians see medicine as something positive, and healing is believed to come from God. However, Christians also believe that some aspects of medicine raise moral problems. Christians do not always agree about the right answers to these problems.


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